Those working in the Orchard precinct will be delighted with Caveau Wines & Bar’s new set lunch menu, priced at a modest $25 for a three-course meal. If you’re looking to impress your date but running slightly tight on budget, this is where you should consider as well.
Caveau Wines & Bar is an inaugural collaboration between Les Amis Group and its sister company Vinum Fine Wines, seeking to be Singapore’s first 3-in-1 beverage playground.
In the day, Caveau Wines & Bar is a stylish coffee bar, where friendly baristas take charge, brewing aromatic cuppas using premium blends supplied by local artisanal roasters such as Papa Palheta, Smitten and Tranz coffee.
Also on sale are baked croissants and danishes handmade by the pastry team of Canelé Pâtisserie Chocolaterie. There are limited pieces a day, so get there early to avoid disappointment!
Under the same roof, Caveau Wines & Bar houses its retail store featuring an extensive collection of over 400 wines, ranging from $30+ to 4300+ for a bottle.
Also a highlight is the Enomatic wine dispenser, featuring 16 varieties of wines (eight reds and eight whites), which draws wine directly from the bottle housed in its individual lodging, out of the pouring spout, and into the glass. Thanks to this cutting-edge technology, the flavours and characteristics of the wine are able to remain intact for a month, as if the bottle had just been opened. The automatic self-cleaning of the pouring spouts after each pour guarantees maximum hygiene.
Caveau Wines & Bar proves itself to be a great educational platform for wine enthusiasts.
Wine novices who are too shy to seek help from sommeliers can simply learn more from the tasting notes on the screen. The computerised programming system allows the poured volume to be set, in which Caveau Wines & Bar offers wines in three quantities –full glass, half glass, and tasting portions (25ml) from just $2 a glass.
The lunch crowd get to enjoy a 10% off every purchase of a glass of wine (150ml) from the Enomatic machine.
As night beckons, the coffee bar transforms into a charming wine bar. Wining and dining is complete with quality French wines accompanied by bar grubs prepared by chefs from adjacent restaurants under the Les Amis Group.
Do not miss out on the 8 Dollar Happy Hour promotion, happening daily from 5pm to 8pm (wine) and 6.30pm to 8pm (bites). Libations include red wine (Chateau Barrejat 2010 from Madiran), white wine (Château du Poyet 2010 from Muscadet de Sevre et Maine), Rosé (Château des Sarrins 2010 from Côte de Provence) and whisky (Nikka 12years from Japan). Tempting bites include Crispy Chicken Bits, Fried Hanoi Rolls, Potato Croquette and Chicken Drumlets.
3-course Set Lunch
12pm to 2pm from Mondays to Saturdays, $25 per person
The 3-course meal offers great value for money. Choose from 3 appetisers, 4 mains, 3 desserts and your favourite brew of coffee.
Nibble on crispy breadsticks while waiting for your first course to arrive.
Tomato Salad with Parma Ham
Minestrone Soup (Melicacy’s pick)
Chicken Broth with Egg Garnish
(Melicacy’s notes: Was there any shortcut in the making of the broth? It tastes like Chicken Essence Powder, reminding me of instant noodles. Looking past the disappointing broth, I enjoyed the smooth egg garnish exceedingly.)
Linguini with Mussels & White Wine
(Melicacy’s notes: I don’t usually fancy Linguini, but I had no qualms finishing this dish.)
The presence of white wine offers a depth of flavour without being overpowering. The kitchen is incredibly generous with the mussels.
Fettuccini Carbonara with Soft Boiled Egg
This dish borders on just the right side of creaminess, studded with bacon bits and topped with a soft-boiled egg.
(Melicacy’s notes: This is pure comfort food!)
Orrechiette with Pork Sausage and Chard (Melicacy’s pick)
The colours on the plate entices, with amazing flavours to impress.
Firm ear-shaped pasta knobs are tossed together with chunks of potato, bouncy pork sausages, and briefly cooked chard.
The infusion of spices provides excitement on the palate. The pungent, liquorish-like flavour of star anise was particularly apparent.
This dish was the highlight of our lunch session.
Frozen Espresso with Hazelnut and Espresso Gelato
I’m not a huge fan of espresso-based desserts, but the sweetness from the gelato balances out the bitterness of the strong-bodied coffee.
This tiramisu is not too sweet, and emanates a discernible hint of alcohol.
Mixed Berries Panna Cotta (Melicacy’s pick)
The sweet glaze acts as a saccharine foil to counterbalance the sharpness of the berries. Crisp broken pieces of meringue add texture to the silky-smooth creamy custard beneath.
The satisfying meal ends with a complimentary cup of coffee. Tell me how this $25 3-course meal is not worth every cent!
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Caveau Wines & Bar
Level 2 Unit 10
Shaw Centre, 1 Scotts Road
9am – 5pm (Mondays to Saturdays)
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5pm – 12am (Mondays to Thursdays, Sundays and Public Holidays)
5pm – 1am (Fridays, Saturdays, and eve of Public Holidays)
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10.30am – 7.30pm (Mondays to Saturdays, excluding Public Holidays)
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